The breathtaking nature of Colorado will simply leave you speechless. Magnificent national parks will get every nature lover’s hearts racing, and the impressive mountain landscapes are perfect for hiking, climbing and skiing. If you’re in the mood for an adventurous holiday in the middle of the most beautiful nature around, this is the right place for you. But even those of you looking for a little more relaxation will get your money’s worth too in the expanses of Colorado. There’s a reason why Colorado, located in the central west of America, is one of the most diverse states in the whole US!
Breathtaking National Parks
When people mention Colorado the Rocky Mountains are often the first thing that comes to mind. From the famous Rocky Mountain National Park you’ll have a grand view of the mountains that lead their way through North America. But it’s not just the amazing views that attracts people to this stunning national park. There’s a fascinating range of flora and fauna, picturesque rivers that snake their way between the hills and untouched nature that’ll get you dreaming. So, if you’re ever in Colorado you just can’t afford to miss these impressive landscapes. There are four national parks in Colorado:
Hiking, camping and more
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Colorado will suit adventurous holidaymakers the best, as there’s so much incredible nature and so much on offer. The Rocky Mountains, with more than 50 peaks and wide-spread highlands, create the perfect conditions for exciting hiking routes through Colorado. For example you could go hiking from one lake to the next, enjoy impressive views along the way of the surrounding mountains and stop off every now and then at historic places. A medium-difficulty hike that lasts roughly 2 hours goes from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake, and along the way you’ll be able to enjoy great views of the fascinating peak of the Maroon Bells.
Something a bit more difficult is the Booth Creek Lake Trail – depending on your fitness it can take up to 4 hours and you’ll be climbing heights of up to 900 metres. A real highlight you’ll pass by the are the Booth Falls. Be sure to take a little break here as the last portion of the hike is particularly rocky and steep. From easy to demanding there’s always the perfect route for every hiker in Colorado. Hiking in Colorado is particularly recommended during the autumn, where the temperatures are little milder and the leaves deliver a splash of colour amongst the trees.
If you’re coming during the winter you can’t afford to miss the skiing opportunities in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Popular ski resorts here are Vail, Telluride and Beaver Creek. Fans of climbing will get their money’s worth in the vast Eldorado Canyon State Park just south of Boulder, particularly as it’s one of the top 3 places to go climbing across the entire US.
Another way of getting to know this state’s most beautiful sides is taking your mountain bike for a spin as there’s plenty of thrilling trails, above all the famous Colorado Trail. Here you’ll be able to cycle through the picturesque landscapes and wilderness of Colorado, past the impressive red cliffs and unique cactus desert. The routes via Denver and Durango are particularly popular.
Going camping in Colorado is also another special experience – you can comfortably and easily travel from one national park to the next, stop off in between and go off on an exciting hike or mountain bike trip and spend the night in a tent surrounded by the breathtaking nature. What more could you want?
Sights that you definitely should see when doing a round trip with a camper van are:
- Rocky Mountains
- Maroon Bells
- Pike’s Peak
- Rifle Falls
- Garden of the Gods
- Manitou Cliff Dwellings
- Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
- Devil’s Causeway
Visiting Denver and Colorado Springs
If you’re ever in Colorado you definitely have to pay a visit to the charming city of Denver, located at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. Due to it being 1,609 metres above sea-level it’s known as the Mile High City, and with more than 600,000 inhabitants it’s the state’s largest city and has plenty to offer as a result. Let’s start with the panoramic view you’ll get from the terrace of the State Capitol’s golden dome which stretches from the Denver Art Museum at Civic Centre Park over to Denver’s gorgeous Botanic Gardens – there’s not a moment of boredom to be had here! In the city’s famous Botanic Gardens you’ll be able to admire more than 30,000 subtropical and tropical plants across an area of more than 9 hectares and enjoy the scents of flowers in the air. With over 200 parks and 300 days of sunshine on average every year it’s worth just stroll through the city, stop off every now and then in one of the many museums and treat yourself to a little break in a cute café. Since many tourists travel here via Denver’s international airport the city is also the main starting point for plenty of excursions as well as the many surrounding ski resorts in Colorado.
Barely 70 miles south of Denver is the state’s second-largest city, Colorado Springs. This place isn’t just famous for its sights, it’s also known for its breathtaking surroundings. Insiders even say it’s the most “beautifully located city in North America.” Situated at Pike’s Peak, the fascinating mountain landscape is without a doubt one of Colorado Spring’s main attractions. From the summit of Pike’s Peak you’ll be able to see Denver in the north and the Rocky Mountains to the west when visibility is good. It’s also well worth visiting the 600 hectare Garden of the Gods, which offers interesting hiking and cycling routes where you’ll be able to admire the impressive red cliff formations and the magnificent green landscapes.
3 things you just can’t afford to miss!
Short and sweet – here are 3 things put together for you that you just have to see at least once if you’re ever in Colorado:
- Camping in the national parks – spending a night in the great outdoors is in!
- Indian summer in Colorado – simply breathtaking!
- A visit to the cliff labyrinth of Wheeler Geologic Area – a real insider’s tip!
Of course this is just a tiny look at the variety and beauty of the state of Colorado. There’s just so much more to see and experience that one article could never be enough. I, for my part, just want to say one thing: Colorado, you wonderful little place – I’m in love! What about you guys? Have you been to Colorado already and have some more tips for me?
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